It has been argued from the earliest days of quantum chromodynamics that at asymptotically small values of x the parton distribution functions (PDFs) of the proton behave as xαxα, where the values of αα can be deduced from Regge theory, while at asymptotically large values of x the PDFs behave as (1−x)β(1−x)β, where the values of ββ can be deduced from the Brodsky–Farrar quark counting rules. We critically examine these claims by extracting the exponents αα and ββ from various global fits of ...Expand abstract
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The asymptotic behaviour of parton distributions at small and large x
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